In a message dated 2/2/01 12:02:42 AM Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com
<< I, and I'm sure others, find it very disconcerting to find that the
message has been deleted without ever having been read !
We all have very full lives whether we are young, old, older, working
hard or hardly working or even retired; but not to respond or to just
delete a message is rude and somewhat defeats the purpose of this or any
other mail list.
==No, it is not necessarily rude, it's prudent. We are busy, some have
very little resources in time. I receive over 200 messages a day >from
I automatically delete, unread, some 90% or more of these messages I
receive daily that do not bear a clear indication of their contents in
their subject line (and therefore its relevance for me).
The solution: If you want your messages read by those for whom they are
intended, make sure that they know of its relevance >from scanning the
Subject lines reading "Question," "Translation please," "Please help" "Is
this your family," "Immigrant vessels," and similar are too vague and are
likely to be deleted.
Specific names, language, location, dates should be used whenever possible.
There is a site--I don't recall the name, "Viewmate" or something like it,
where genners can post images for deciphering. I am always ready to help
others with the languages and knowledge of Jewish life, customs and
history, that I have. But I'll not go to the bother of opening a "view
me" site if I don't know in advance if it is possibly something that I can
help with--or that will help me.
If you want to know how to write good subject lines, look across a day's
e-mail messages at the subject lines. Which are the ones that make their
contents clear, which are the ones that call to you "Good, here's
soomething I can use" or Good, this is something that I can help with," or
simply "Good, this is something that intrigues me.
As it happens, I opened the message to which I am responding only because I
recognized the sender's name, otherwise I would have deleted it unread.
Michael Bernet, New York
WOLFF (Pfungstadt, Frankfurt/M, Koenigsberg, Amsterdam, N.Carolina);
BERNET, BERNERT, JONDORF(Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg); FEUCHTWANGER
(Schwabach, Hagenbach & Fuerth); KONIGSHOFER (anywhere); BERG, WOLF(F),
(Demmelsdorf & Zeckendorf); Shim`on GUTENSTEIN (Bad Homburg ca 1760);
FRENSDORF/ER (anywhere); MAINZER (Lorsch); anyone in Ermreuth or Floss;
GOLDSCHMIDT (B. Homburg, Hessdorf). ALTMANN (Silesia); TIMMENDORFER